ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the Vikings are "leaning heavily" toward resting the "bulk" of their starters in Sunday's game against the Bears. Minnesota is locked into the NFC's #6 seed. Cronin mentions QB Kirk Cousins as 1 starter who isn't expected to play. RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is almost certain to be inactive. And we'd bank on WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen getting the day off, too. QB Sean Mannion will get the start for the Vikings, making this an offense to try to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups. The Bears DST is a strong play.
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins admitted on Thursday that he's not sure how much or even if he'll play against the Bears this weekend. Minnesota is locked in as the NFC's #6 seed after Monday night's loss to the Packers. Cousins and his WRs are shaky Week 17 fantasy plays that we'd try to avoid. We're not expecting RBs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) to play vs. Chicago.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) won't play against the Lions today. Thielen is working to get scar tissue out of that injured hamstring, per Rapoport, but Minnesota is "optimistic" that he'll be back next week. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph are the 2 best fantasy bets in the Vikings passing game today.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's not going to play against the Cowboys on Sunday night, leaving extra targets for WRs Stefon Diggs and Olabisi Johnson and TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. After only getting in 2 limited practices this week, Diggs is a risk/reward WR2 in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) is expected to be active for today's game against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Diggs only got in 2 limited practices this week, so don't bank on him being at 100% for this one. He's a risk/reward Week 1 fantasy play.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Falcons. After sitting out Wednesday, Diggs was limited on Thursday and Friday. We’ll find out his game status by noon ET on Sunday, but Diggs hasn’t played well through injury as a pro. Consider him a risky WR2 in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It's a step in the right direction, but it'd be nice to see him put in a full workout on Friday. Check back then for another update.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, but Diggs is now high on the Week 1 injury watch list. We'll see if he's able to get back on the field on Thursday.
The Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an "offensive advisor." He was originally reported to be taking Denver's OC job, but that evidently fell through. It's unclear exactly what Kubiak's role will be alongside OC Kevin Stefanski, but he brings 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC.
The Vikings have fired OC John DeFilippo. He was a hot name this offseason but lasts just 13 games in Minnesota. DeFilippo's offense has underachieved, ranking just 17th in yards and 20th in points. We also heard whispers that he and HC Mike Zimmer weren't on the same page, with Zimmer preferring a run-heavy offense and DeFilippo favoring the pass. We'll see who the Vikings tab as their interim OC, but the change could mean more carries for RB Dalvin Cook going forward.
Update: The Vikings have promoted former QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to interim OC. Stefanski has been with the team since 2006 but has never called plays.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and reportedly woke up with swelling in that knee this morning. He also figures to see a bunch of CB Stephon Gilmore today. It all makes Diggs a risky WR2 in fantasy lineups.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs' injured knee swelled up overnight, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "He now needs to test it pregame to determine whether he can play today," Schefter adds. So we won't find out Diggs' official status until 3 pm ET. If you have another viable option, we'd send Diggs to the bench. If he ends up active, he'll be a risk/reward WR2.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has said he'll play through the knee issue that has him questionable against the Patriots. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that's "the plan." Diggs will carry some risk after only being able to put in 1 limited practice this week.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Patriots. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. But Diggs said Thursday that he expects to play, and insider Ben Goessling reported on Friday afternoon that Diggs is expected to play. Keep him penciled into fantasy lineups for now.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) said after missing Thursday's practice that he expects to play against Patriots this weekend. Players tend to be over-optimistic about their availability, but Diggs did appear to make it out of last week's game OK. We'll see if he gets back on the field tomorrow.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was not on the field for the start of Thursday's practice. He was wearing a wrap on his left knee, according to insider Chris Tomasson. Diggs now appears iffy for this weekend's game against the Patriots. We'll see if he can get back on the practice field tomorrow.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs did not practice on Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with a knee. It's the 1st we've heard of it. This could just be a rest day for Diggs, but check back tomorrow for another update on his status.
Vikings WRs Adam Thielen (low back, calf) and WR Stefon Diggs (ribs) are both off the final Week 11 injury report. Thielen was limited all week, but we’ve heard nothing to suggest that he won’t be a full-go on Sunday night vs. Chicago. Diggs put in a full week of practice.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (rib) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's good to go for Sunday night's game against the Bears' 15th-ranked WR defense.
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